CU student killed in robbery attempt in Mexico
MEXICO CITY ” One of two suspects in the killing of a University of Colorado student who was vacationing in a Mexican resort town has escaped from jail, police said Sunday.
The guard on duty accidentally released 30-year-old Alfonso Ramirez Sastre Friday morning after he apparently swapped clothing with a cellmate, a Puerto Vallarta municipal police spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity because she isn’t authorized to be quoted by name.
Ramirez and Daniel Vargas, also 30, had been arrested in the Wednesday shooting death of 21-year-old David Parrish of Boulder, Colo., she said. Police believe Ramirez fired the gun.
The Denver Post reported that Parrish was a third-year student in geography and a graduate of Boulder High School.
Embassy spokeswoman Judith Bryan said Parrish was shot when he resisted a robbery attempt.
A Puerto Vallarta transit employee saw the shooting take place from a public bus and assisted the victim, according to the police spokeswoman. The woman alerted police, who apprehended the suspects in their car.
Ramirez struck up a friendship with his cellmate, who was arrested for allegedly robbing a bottle of wine, the spokeswoman said. Ramirez then offered the man about $5,000 to swap identities.
Municipal authorities suspended a local public safety director and questioned nine police officers in connection with the jail break, said a second police spokesman who also couldn’t be named.
Jailbreaks are relatively common in Mexico, even in maximum-security prisons.
Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord, alleged Sinaloa drug cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, escaped from federal prison in 2001 in a laundry cart by bribing guards.
Popular Mexico vacation spots such as Acapulco, Cancun and Baja California have seen an uptick in violence and crime in recent years ” in some cases, hurting tourism.
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